Lord GaneshaDate : September 5, 2018 | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
Detailed Information About Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha is one of the most important deities in the religion of Hinduism. He is held in deep regards by countless devotes from all over India. The deity generally bears the appearance of an elephant-headed feature, accompanied by pot-bellied physique, two big flappy ears and a trunk that goes a bit curvy downside. Ganesh Puja is dedicated to this elephant-headed deity and most importantly, the festival is viewed as an epitome of religious adherence of numerous devotees all over India, who pay their respects and offerings to Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings to live a life harmonized by compassion and prosperity of lifetime.
Bhadrapada heralds the beginning of Shukla Chaturthi which ends on Ananta Chaturdashi was also known as Ganesh Visarjan. It is the period of Ganesh Chaturthi which is observed for the period of 11 days. For instance, this time it is going to start from 22nd August to 01st September 2020.
Mumbai particularly holds special importance for being India’s most notable megacity about Ganesha puja. In fact, the worship of Lord Ganesha is observed with such grandiosity that it becomes the talk of the nation, with countless people from across India gluing on their television set watching the huge procession of devotees with an enormous image of Ganesha as they head for immersion of the deity to a nearby water source such as the ocean.
Ganesha: Birth Story, Symbolism, Meaning
Birth of Lord Ganesha
The birth of Lord Ganesha traces back to the incident when Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva made their habitat on Mountain Kailash. One day Parvati told Nandi to keep a guard on the door and no one is permitted to enter unless said otherwise. Her instruction was clear and supposed to be complied with anyhow. However, when Lord Shiva came from his meditative wanderings, he naturally demanded an entrance into the room. Though entrance was not permitted by Parvati, yet Nandi permitted the entrance to Shiva, considering his loyalty was more on the side of Shiva than Parvati. It was an unmistakable case of disobedience on the part of Nandi. That incident discomfited Parvati, who at the very moment, had scratched off some turmeric pests from her body and breathed a life to the formation of Ganesha and Parvati announced him as a loyal son to her.
Nobody except Parvati knew about the creation of Ganesha.
A couple days later, Parvati instructed Ganesha to keep a guard on the door and let no one enter until she instructed otherwise. As the coincidence had it, Lord Shiva happened to be there by chance and demanded entrance to the house, which was denied by Ganesha standing guard there. Angered at the defiance of the little boy, Lord Shiva again asked the boy to step aside so that he could go in. However, his plea didn’t work on the boy. Infuriated Shiva then ordered his followers, including Nandi, to teach the boy a lesson.
However, little Ganesha defeated all of them, leaving Shiva no option but to strike Ganesha. Enraged Shiva then hurled his trident at Ganesha, which cut off his head, killing him then and there.
Parvati went inconsolable at the death of her son and demanded his life back. At this Lord Shiva(surprised at the revelation that the boy killed by him was the son of Parvati) ordered Lord Brahma to find the head of any creature he comes across on his way. Lord Brahma returned with the severed head of an elephant. Shiva attached the elephant head with the severed neck of Ganesha and breathed a life to the deceased body.
Ganesha stood up, but his appearance of elephant worried Parvati who feared that the boy would be mocked at such appearance, then Shiva granted a boon to Ganesha that no worship without first worshipping Ganesha would be considered auspicious and complete. Since then Ganesha puja before any god came into trending. Later a mouse was chosen as Ganesha’s mount.
The name of Ganesha presents certain symbolic attributes, each containing specific meaning. For instance, “Ga” stands for intellect and “Na” represents the idea of wisdom. Both the symbolic attributes, therefore, constitute the name of Ganesha as a God of intellect and wisdom. Symbolically, he is represented as a deity seated crouched on another leg while another leg rests on a footrest on a gold-ornate throne. Pictorial symbol of Ganesha is pot-bellied, four armed, one-tusked, crowned, and mouse-mounted deity. Lord Ganesha is believed to maintain a systematic balance between force and leniency, and power and beauty, who endows devotees with the ability to discern the difference between truth and illusion, real and fallacy. Lord Ganesha symbolizes the figure of divinity and is believed to bless his followers with fortune, wisdom, and knowledge.
Meaning of Ganesha Birth
The tale of Lord Shiva beheading Ganesha with his trident and then replacing it back with the head of an elephant may sound a grand fairytale, but in its entirety, the incident lays much emphasis on the transcendental intelligence when Shiva breathes life to Ganesha. Now the question might be asked why Ganesha was given the head of an elephant other than any creature. Well, the answer is Shiva is called the lord of all animals (Pashupati) symbolizing every soul that falls prey to unawareness. Ganesha is symbolic head of animals out of which elephant is placed on higher importance. Therefore, Shiva was not without awareness of this fact when he breathed a life to the elephant-headed Ganesha, thus linking Ganesha to the cosmic intelligence guided by Shiva. This further explains as to why Ganesha is so profoundly learned guide about the cosmic process of birth and death and his awareness toward existence.
Ganesha holds supremacy over Ganas symbolizing classified sections of beings which play their respective part in the creation of every activity in humans and creatures. For instance, the creation ranges from producing natural calamities to sustaining organic functions of human beings. The worship of Ganesha, therefore, is viewed as a tribute to the divine being for keeping such creations in harmonious order.
Twelve Names of Lord Ganesha and Their Importance
Lord Ganesha mantras to remove obstacles and lead you toward success in your undertaking –
Pranamyashirasadevam Gauri putramVinayakam |
PrathamamVakratundam cha, Ekadantamdwitiyakam |
TritiyamKrushnaPingaksham, Gajavaktram Chaturthakam ||
LambodaramPanchamamcha ,SashtamVikatamev cha |
NavamamBhalchandram cha, DashamamtuVinayakam |
Dwadasaithaninamani, Trisandhyam yah pathenara |
Na cha vighnabhayamtasya, Sarvsiddhikaramparam ||
PutrarthilabhatePutran, MoksharthilabhateGateem ||
JapetGanapatistotram, Shadbhirmasaiphalamlabheth |
Samvatsarenasidhimcha, Labhatenatrasanshaya ||
A total of 12 names of Lord Ganesha are not just names of a divine figure but they contain mighty energy force to benefit devotees with success and wellbeing. As a devotee, you are advised to practice chanting one of these mantras as a daily prayer practice, particularly on Vinayaki and Sankashti Chaturthi puja to attain divine blessings of Lord Ganesha in your life.
Name Mantra Meaning
- Sumukha Om SumukhayaNamah। The one with a beautiful face
- Ekadanta Om EkadantayaNamah। The one with one tooth
- Kapila Om KapilayaNamah। One who grants wishes
- Gajakarnaka Om GajakarnakayaNamah। One with elephant’s ears
- Lambodara Om LambodarayaNamah। One with large, protruding belly
- Vikata Om VikatayaNamah। One with a supreme conscience
- Gajanana Om GajananayaNamah। One with the face of an elephant
- Bhalachandra Om BhalaChandrayaNamah। One whose head holds the moon
- Vinayaka Om VinayakayaNamah। One who leads resolves obstacles
- Dhumraketu Om DhumraketaveNamah। One with a smoky color
- Vighnanasha Om VighnanashayaNamah। One who removes obstacles
- Ganadhyaksha Om GanadhyakshayaNamah। The ruler of Ganas
About Shri Ganesh Chaturthi Puja Festival
Ganesha Chaturthi is a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This festival holds special significance among devotees of Ganesha whose worship is considered a remedial solution about misery and various other problems faced by devotees. Also known as Shri Vinayak Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturthi marks the celebration of the birthday of the elephant-headed deity, who symbolizes richness, wisdom, and prosperity. During Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month of Bhadra, the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi puja starts in which enthusiastic devotees celebrate the festival out of great reverence and devotions for the lord.
Mantras dedicated to Ganesha are chanted, flowered and Prasad are offered to the deity at his various shrines across India.
A special attraction is witnessed in Mumbai where a celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi by countless devotees is observed with great pomp and shows. Worship of the idols of Ganesha is observed by devotees at homes. Festival and worship associated with the deity continue for 12 days from the date of beginning (from 1st day to 11th day). Immersion of Ganesha idols is held during the concluding day of puja/worship of Ganesha amidst a large procession of devotees marching to a nearby water source to finally offer their last ritual to the divine almighty.
Sri Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Mumbai & Gujarat
Ganesh Chaturthi festival falls on 22nd of August 2020 this year and will conclude for consecutive 10 days, and lasts on 01st of September 2020. As outlined above, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival marks the pinnacle of enthusiasm and fervency of numerous devotees of Ganesha. Mumbai and Gujarat both are the megacities presenting a grandstanding view of Sri Ganesh Chaturthi festival, especially in Mumbai wherein a large procession of staunch devotees chanting “Ganpati Bappa Morya” dances around the gigantic idol of Lord Ganesha and then leads to the designated water source for immersion.
Mumbai is, of course, the city believed to be the birthplace of the mega celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, with other places following the suit, including Gujarat.
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the ruler of Maratha community, is said to have introduced Ganesh Chaturthi to promote culture and nationalism. However, the festival rose to its eventful popularity through the initiative of BalGangadharTilak, the then freedom fighter during British Rule in India.
Chief places to witness Ganesha celebration, especially in South Mumbai, are –
- Ichhapurti Ganesh Mandal
- Akhil, AnjeerwadiMandal
- Fort Vibhag Ganesh Utsav Mandal
A very famous place in old Mumbai called Girgaum attracts biggest footfalls during Lord Ganesha celebration. Statues of the Ganesha are finally immersed in the ocean during the concluding day of the festival.
Ganesha Chaturthi in Gujarat
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated with a great enthusiasm by devotees in the capital city of Ahmedabad of Gujarat State. The enthusiasm of the devotee is quite overwhelming during the celebration of Ganesha puja. Idols of Ganesha are worshipped with reverence on various shrines for 11 days. During concluding a day of the festival, an elaborate arrangement accompanied by lighting and decorations is made to carry out the immersion process for Ganesha to Sabarmati River or Kankaria Lake. Enormously sized idols of Ganesha are led in the procession of devotees for ‘Ganesh Visarjan’ (immersion) amidst devotional songs and drums being played until the ritual comes to an end after immersion of the idols.
Importance of Sri Ganesh Puja
As stated above, Lord Ganesha is the divine almighty of symbolic wisdom, knowledge, peace, and prosperity which he bestows upon devotees. Son of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, Ganesha is viewed as the remover of obstacles for which he is accredited as Vighna Harta (destroyer of obstacles). Therefore his celebration known as Ganesh Chaturthi marks the special beginning of the day for every devotee seeking blessings of the lord for prosperity and harmonious living.
As a matter of fact, sri Ganesh puja holds some key importance, some of them are:
- Devotees who are debt-ridden should perform Sri Ganesh Maha Puja to put an end to debts from their lives.
- Ganesh puja is beneficial for everyone stuck in property-related dispute and wants its quick solution. It is believed that worship of Ganesha idol is a harbinger of a solution of disputes associated with property and lands.
- If you are in the pursuit of a rewarding career or want to seek growth in your existing employment, Ganesh puja will grant you the desired success in your related career goal.
- Ganesh puja, if observed with pure conscience and regards, will cure you of health syndromes.
- If you are someone suffering from an endless martial scuffle in your life and seeking its permanent solution, observe Ganesh puja.
- People who are businessmen and want to gain profitable growth in their commercial venture must worship Ganesha to fulfill their dream.
- If you are involved in the academic pursuit and want to achieve success in it, Ganesh puja will help you meet with your academic dreams successfully.
- The evil influences of Rajas and Tamas Gunas do not harm those who worship Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi.
It should be noted that the true benefit of Ganesh puja can only be obtained if devotees worship the God by heart, and by following rituals and methods in this regard. There are certain specifications and methods which every devotee must observe in order to gain the best out of Ganesh puja. It is, therefore, recommended to consult a learned pandit and seek his guidance about conducting sri Ganesh puja with proper rituals.
Lord Ganesha is regarded as one of the most important deities of Hinduism, with countless devotees of him from all over India paying him their respects during Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival celebrated with great pomp and shows across the nation. Ganesha is symbolized with attributes, such as wisdom, knowledge, and prosperity. He is denoted as an elephant-headed deity with four hands and a mouse as his mount. He is also symbolized holding a bowl of laddu in one hand which indicates his affinity with the sweets. The birth of Ganesha means transcendental knowledge and improved conscience. Ganesh Chaturthi is the most notable festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is celebrated by staunch devotees with great resplendency. Importance of the festival is that it benefits the devotees by removing their debts, allowing harmonious living and influx of prosperity in their lives. Mumbai is the only city where Ganesh puja is considered the biggest festival of India.
PavitraJyotish organizes 11 days maha Ganapati puja from 22nd August to 01st September 2020.